Strategic Focus: The Role Of Technology In Behaviour Based Safety Management Programmes

Published 6 September 2021 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &
EHS Analytics EHS Learning & Training EHS Mobile Apps EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Worker Safety Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

Behaviour based safety (BBS) management is used extensively as part of EHS programmes across multiple industries. The core concept of BBS is to improve safety performance by promoting critical safety behaviours amongst workers using observations of key operational procedures. A successful BBS system, however, goes much further than providing feedback on peer observations. Ultimately its goal is to initiate a significant psychological shift amongst workers in the way they think about safety. With this report, Verdantix aims to uncover the factors that contribute to an effective BBS programme, the benefits that can be realized by successfully utilizing BBS, and how BBS can be optimized with technology, such as mobile applications, connected wearables, analytical tools, EHS software, learning management systems and advanced training solutions.

Table of contents

Developing A Sophisticated Behaviour Based Safety Programme Is A Priority For EHS Managers 
Improving Safety Culture Is A Key Challenge For EHS Professionals 
BBS Looks To Trigger A Psychological Change In Workers’ Mindsets Towards Safety 

Firms Can Leverage Technology To Develop Strong BBS Programmes 
Employee Buy-In Is The Pivotal Factor In Building BBS Management Programmes 
Existing And Emerging EHS Technology Can Optimize Performance Along A Firm’s BBS Roadmap

Table of figures

Figure 1. Cycle Of Continuous BBS Programme Development  
Figure 2. Firms Should Develop BBS Through People, Processes And Technology  
Figure 3. Key Technology Investments To Enable A Successful BBS Programme  

About the authors

Tom Brown

Senior Analyst
Tom is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on a range of EHS topics, including high-risk safety controls, contractor management, environmental services and EHS digitization strategy. Prior to joining Verdantix, Tom achieved a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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